August has been a fabulous month with the celebration of SG50, Golden Jubilee of Singapore and also my birthday month. I had a foodolicious over the jubilee weekend. One of the highlight is the food tasting session with foodies at Ellenborough Market Café, Swissotel Merchant Court. It was my second visit and you can read about my first visit here as a pay customer last year. Continue reading [SG EATS] “Heritage Flavours” – ELLENBOROUGH MARKET CAFE | SWISSOTEL MERCHANT COURT
I was invited for food tasting session at SELA Restaurant few weeks back. It is located approximately 10 minutes walk from City Hall & Bugis MRT station. SELA is a restaurant offering modern European items with mixture of modern Asian creations for the newly revamp menu by Chef Benson.
I traveled to Yangon, Myanmar with a Korean friend on July this year. We were so easy-going that we just booked the air ticket and flew there with no plans. Somehow rather travel with plans can be challenging and scary but it is pretty awesome experience as you explore to uncertainties. And if you are unaware, travelling to Myanmar will require Visa. Continue reading [TRAVEL] HOW TO APPLY MYANMAR VISA APPLICATION?
Nan Hwa Chong Fishboat is the oldest (since 1927) fishhead steamboat in Singapore. If you ask your elderly, they will surely heard about it. It’s traditional fish soup steamboat represents Singapore’s heritage and memories to Singaporean. What makes them different from the rest is that the steamboats are prepared using charcoals instead of gas-stove steamboats. The soup is prepared with essence of fish bones and other secret ingredients. It takes at least 5 hours to cook so that the broth is silky smooth.
I have always wanted to try The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill but I am concerned my pocket will burn a hole. Since it was one of the Eileen’s birthday, we decided to have it here. Thanks to The Entertainer App, we get to enjoy the foods with affordable bill.
Located along One Fullerton, The Pelican has an al-fresco bar that caters to customers especially people working around the area to enjoy the drinks with light snacks with a view. The restaurant is well-known with it’s fresh seafood and we are so excited to try. I love the interior design of the restaurant with the yellow lighting with tear drop shape to lift up the ambience. The dining view overlooking the waterfront is also the plus point to enhance the dining experience. Continue reading [SG EATS]THE PELICAN SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL
When I saw the posts in Facebook, I knew I am going to come here for a weekend staycation. This newly-opened Lexis Hibiscus located at Port Dickson is a brand new concept by Lexis Hotel Group. Since there are still in the stage of soft opening, the promotion price was quite attractive from RM399 onwards. We got the Lexis Hibiscus Premium Pool Villa less than RM800 and include breakfast for 2 pax. Continue reading [M’SIA] STAYCATION AT LEXIS HIBISCUS PORT DICKSON HOTEL
Sometime back I joined the foodies for an invited tasting at Fish Tales. Located in ‘SCAPE’ which is a walking distance from Somerset MRT station, Fish Tales is a seafood place that specialized in all types of fishes with a range of pastas and sides. The seating areas are scattered along the shopping aisles where you are open to public while dining.
There are free flow fruit-infused water available at the corner for self-service. I think this is best for those who prefer to order mains only.
So, what’s are the dishes you can find in Fish Tales?
Truffle Fries S$7.50 with generous portion serving.
Mozzarella Cheese Sticks S$4.80 that is so cheesy that we tried to see how long can the cheese extend.
Sambal Prawns S$8.90 known as the best seller dish. The sample sauce is made-in house with their secret recipe. If you are a spicy lover, go for this as the spiciness gives us a good kick start of the meal.
On your left photo: Original Classic Fish & Chips S$5.90 (Light Catch)/ S$9.90. Decent pricing with well-balanced of servings.
Citron Sea Bass S$13.90 served with classic garlic lemon butter sauce.
Fish Tales offers a pocket friendly pricing especially in Orchard area. They do strategically price their foods at a reasonable price so that students can afford with Western Cuisine. However, there are also hit and misses dishes but given the overall range of foods served and quality, I still think Fish Tales did a pretty job in securing their niche market at SCAPE. And most importantly, there is no GST and service charges applicable.
Fish Tales (SCAPE)
Address: 2 Orchard Link
Operating Hours: Monday- Sunday | 12:00PM – 10:00PM
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fishtales.sg
[This is an invited media tasting session.]
Angelina Tea Room & Patisserie has a long history since 1903 and has built its reputation as a tea room with sophistication and indulgence. This reputable brand has finally opened its branch here in Capitol Piazza, Singapore. Hannah, Luna and I were at the same building last Saturday and decided to check it out after our event. It was an impromptu lunch as we are so excited with it’s opening. It was only the 2nd day of soft launch and surprisingly we did not need for long. We managed to dine in within 15 minutes waiting time. Continue reading [SG EATS] ANGELINA TEA ROOM & PATISSERIE| CAPITOL PIAZZA, SINGAPORE
Donna Carmela is an authentic family owned Italian restaurant located in the heart of Bukit Timah. In terms of accessibility, it is best to drive if you are heading there. It is located along the shophouses within the residential area. Continue reading [SG EATS] ITALIAN RESTAURANT -DONNA CARMELA
Yilan is a country in Taiwan located near to Taipei. It has a unique geography of overlooking the sea on one side and being surrounded by mountains on three other sides. The country is also known for its scenic spots cold and hot springs and nature trails.
If you are travelling from Taipei to Yilan by public transport, the quickest way is to take the Kamalan Bus at the Taipei Bus Station. I started my journey to Yilan once I landed Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. There are buses that take you directly to Taipei Bus Station. The tickets can be purchased on the spot. The bus departs every 15mins and the journey takes 55mins time. The bus ticket is range from NT101 – NT120 per pax depending on which bus you are taking.
BUS 1819 by Kuo Kuang – NT120 per pax
BUS 1915/ 1916 by Kamalan – NT101 per pax
Since I was doing research on places to go in Yilan during my trip last year (2014) , I decided to compile the lists here for sharing. This is for my 2 Days trip activities in Yilan before I headed back to Taipei.
Hot springs can be considered its main draw for tourists here. Jiaoxi is a small town but it is well-known with hot spring experience to any tourists and locals. Get yourself soak into the hot spring experience and enjoy free foot hot spring when you are here.
Location: No. 16, Gongyuan Road, Jiaoxi Township, Yilan Country
Tel: +886 39872403
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily
How to get there: TRA Taipei Station or TRA Jiaoxi Station
If you are in love with art gallery and photography, do drop by this place for a tour. I am in love with the architectural design of the museum. The architecture of the Lanyang Museum was inspired by natural elements found locally. Architect Kris Yao was the man behind this wonderful work.
Location: No. 750, Sec. 3 , Qingyun Road, Toucheng Township, Yilan Country
Tel: +886 39779700
Opening Hours: Thurs til Tues: 9:00AM – 17:00PM / Closed on Every Wednesday & Public Holidays (Open on National Days)
Entrance Fees: Full Price: NTD$100 / Group: NTD$80 / Student: NTD$50 (Children 6-12 years of age with ID required)
Discount: NTD$30 for Student Groups (20 pax or more)
How to get there: Take a train to TRA Toucheng Station and get a cab there.
The center provides the platform for performing artists to showcase their creative works. It is like a small township where you get to enjoy music, enjoying opera performances and also witness the artistic creation. Also, you can get Yilan specialties such as the cookies from the center. There are many choices for you to choose from.
Location: No. 201, Sec. 2, Wubin Rd., Wujie Township, Yilan Country
Opening Hours: Weekdays : 9:00AM – 6:00PM Daily / Chinese New Year : 9:00AM-9:00PM Daily / Summer Vacation: 9:00AM-9:00PM Daily
How to get there: TRA Luodong Station__> Capital Bus (bound for National Center for Traditional Arts to national Center for Traditional Arts)
4. Dongshan River Water Park
It is a beautiful park best for family and friends bonding. I took a ferry ride from cultural centre and I glad I did that so that I can enjoy the scenery along the ride. You can rent bicycle & tricycle for the toddler for a short cycling along the park. Dongshan River Water Park is also the annual Dragon Boat races, international scholastic rowing championships and international toy festival.
Location: No. 2, Sec. 2 Qinhe Rd., Wujie Township, Yilan Country
How to get there: TRA Luodong Stationà Capital Bus (Bound for National Center for Traditional Arts) to Dong Mountain (Dongshan) River Water Park
Alternatively, take a ferry ride from the National Center for Traditional Arts.
5.Jimi Square/ Jimmy Artwork
Jimi is one of the Taiwan illustration art character. The place is surrounded with Jimi stories display. Take a tour around the area for photo taking session. Figurines are displayed along the roads for photo taking and it’s free of charge. But please note that there are overwhelming of tourists touring the area. You will find difficulties to get a proper photo with the artworks.
Location: Yilan Station
How to get there: Once you arrive Yilan Station, turn left once you are out from the front entrance. The park is just a walking distance down the road on both sides. You will see the big train hanging on the opposite side of the train entrance.
Luodong’s night market is located at the center of Luodong Township and around Zhongshan Park in Yilan Country. Just like our night market in Singapore and Malaysia, there are many stalls selling all kinds of foods and apparels. Try some of the street foods along your walk in the night market and enjoy the night life in Luodong. I love their Long Feng drumstick and green onion pancakes. Give it a try!
Address: Luodong Night Market,100 Gongyuan Road,Luodong Township, Yilan Country,Taiwan
How to get there: TRA Luodong Station. You can opt for bus but we walked instead. Upon exit the station, walk straight towards Gongjheng Road, turn left on Jhongjeng Road then turn right on Mincyuan Road. Continue to walk to Jhongshan Park and you arrive! This will take approximately 20minutes walk.
If you have other interesting places to visit in Yilan, drop me a message so I can compile the list for sharing
Happy Travelling Guys!